LOFOTEN AWAKENING

JAN 17 – JAN 24, 2019

Workshop Description

In January, sun returns to Lofoten islands and will rise slightly above horizon providing many hours of beautiful soft light every landscape photographer is dreaming of! During the dark nights, we will hunt the Northern lights – likeliness is high that we will be successful during that time of the year.

We will stay in traditional fisher huts in the area of Hamnøy/Sakrisøy (close to Reine) in the most Southern part of Lofoten, and we will find most attractive subjects right outside our front door.

Scenery is dramatic – rough mountains rising steep from the long fjords, beautiful beaches – Lofoten is a dream location for any landscape photographer, and we are more than happy to share our knowledge with you in this Northern part of Norway.

Another highlight will be the total lunar eclipse that we might be able to observe from Lofoten if the sky is clear.

Workshop Details

Date  Jan 17 – 24, 2019
Type  Landscape, Nature, Northern Lights
Location  Lofoten
Participants 5 – 7
Photo Guides  Jens
Language  German/English
Fee  1.390 €

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Accomodation

We will choose accomodation that is typical for the country we’re visiting. All places are carefully selected to allow for best overall experience. Our photo adventure starts right outside the front door.

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Date & Duration

The workshop takes place during Northern lights season. As we will spend an entire week at Lofoten, the likeliness to observe Northern lights is pretty high – let’s hope for clear skies!

Group Size & Price

The workshop fee is exceptionally low given the small group size and the experience of our guide who has conducted 10+ workshops at Lofoten in the past. He will guide every workshop participant based on personal knowledge and needs.

Photography

Sun will be shining from approx. 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, and we will be blessed with multiple hours of twilight before sunrise and after sunset. During the nights we will watch out for Northern lights.

Tour Details

We will meet at Leknes, Lofoten, Thursday evening, and will take our rental car to head towards beautiful Reine. During the entire workshop, we will stay in local fisher huts close by.

From Friday until Wednesday we will take photos of the most beautiful landscapes from sunrise to sunset (if weather conditions permit). We will visit the famous beaches of Skagsanden, Unstad, Uttakleiv, Myrland and Haukland.

In the late evening hours, we will watch out for Northern lights that are likely to be visible in case of clear skys.

Our accomodation is located in one of the most scenic areas of Lofoten, so we can start photographing right outside the front door of our traditional fisher huts.

Included

  • Photo workshop at Lofoten
    during day time from arrival to departure
  • Northern light photography
    during night time during our stay in case of visible aurora borealis
  • All travel at Lofoten
    (starting from/ending at airport Leknes)

Excluded

  • Flights to/from Lofoten
    However, we will support you in selecting the best flights, but you will have to book them on your own. (Average cost for a return flight from Frankfurt is around 550 €.)
  • Accomodation at Lofoten
    We will support you with your bookings. We expect the total fee to be around 580 € (based on current exchange rate NOK to €, subject to change) for seven nights (based on single room occupancy, shared bath rooms). (Please ask for rates for double occupancy in case of interest.)
  • Meals and drinks during the stay

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  • Discussion of photographic results
    Let’s meet over a beer and have a look at the group’s photographic results and be prepared for honest, yet constructive feedback!
  • Introduction to post processing
    We will share some of our workflows and general approaches how to post process photos using Lightroom and/or Photoshop by Adobe

I learned about Jens and the workshops in a serendipitous way: browsing 500px.com and seeing one of his shots from Lofoten. clicked on it, just curious to see where was taken and the rest is now ...history. I contacted Jens and expressed my interest but also my mixed feelings regarding such a guided trip, as I do believe that the thrill of taking a great shot is, at least in some respect, the discovery of the place, the time for the best light, etc. Anyway, in retrospect, I think a guided trip with somebody as experienced as Jens, with a deep understanding and appreciation of the place, is a great way of discovering new shores. I could write many pages on my experience but if I would to practice brevity I would sum up my experience in one word: AWESOME. Italians have a beautiful word for Jens style (well, the way I perceive it anyway): sprezzatura, meaning effortless excellence. I am sure there was a lot of work behind everything, from reservations, to finding places, routes, keeping an eye on weather, light, Auroras forecast, all of us, looking always fresh despite driving hundreds of kilometers, cooking and keeping everybody engaged and on time. However, it seemed (from the passenger's seat anyway) effortless! Did I mentioned him teaching in any way possible: by example, by stories, by doing it, while driving, you name it! A fair warning though about a side effect of the trip: you might enjoy shooting from a tripod! The people in our group were vastly different in terms of experience but I think we each learned something from Jens. I felt that, in a gentle way, Jens pushed us beyond our comfort zones and helped us discover another way of doing things, another perspective, another way of appreciating light, landscape, motion. I don't think there is a better way of wrapping up this brief description of my experience, discovering and photographing in the Lofoten islands, than by thanking Jens (and my fellow travelers and photographers) for a one of a kind experience. Can’t wait for the next one!

Dorin Todor

Lofoten | April 2018

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